Having gone to a village church school, I am aware of the relevance the church should have in the community and ultimately in the nation. I attended Nyakitabire Church school which was an initiative by the “omushomesa” Lay-leader of the church because he was forward thinking. Because the Sunday tithes and offerings were unpredictable, he was sure of a steady income from the tuition fees paid by the pupils. He was also able to prepare the children for primary school so they didn’t struggle. He was loved by the people and during his tenure at the church we could feel the kingdom of God being advanced. He engaged the community and even as a 5-year-old I vividly recall most of his sermons were practical.
THE CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING:
The danger the Kingdom of God on earth faces is one where churches become more focused on churches. Too many Christians and Christian leaders spend their energy, creativity, and precious time promoting churches instead of the kingdom. They work for the success of their church, or perhaps for a group of churches in their city, or they work for their minis try or denomination. They believe that by building churches and ministries they are building the kingdom. They think church and kingdom are practically synonymous. Some church leaders have even anointed them selves –CHURCH LEADERS, PRESIDING APOSTLES and EVEN HEADS of FAITHS. This isolation of the church from the world has led to ineffectiveness and failure to carry out the Great Commission.
The church is the people and the great commission was to go and make disciples. This meant that the church was supposed to be a vehicle for transformation by bringing nations into the kingdom. However, the focus has been on personal evangelism and building projects. When a church leader curves out a kingdom of his own and even appoints security detail tighter than that of Bill Gates – he is quickly losing focus of the KINGDOM of GOD Agenda!
CHURCH SHIFT BY SUNDAY ADELAJA is a MUST READ BOOK.
May HIS KINGDOM COME!